Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Surviving modern war: the experiences of British armed forces personnel during the Falklands Campaign, 1982

AHRC PhD Studentship in collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Keele University
Reference number: HUMSS-AHRC 2018-01
Abstract

This project will study the experiences of British service personnel during the 1982 Falklands Campaign, and will examine the impacts and consequences of the campaign for troops involved. The project is an excellent opportunity to make use of a range of materials concerning how service personnel experienced this short, intense, often stressful, and unusual conflict.

The project will focus on how troops adjusted to the demands of this conflict; and will consider service personnel’s reactions to the horrors and pressures of modern warfare. In an era when defence planning prioritised counter-insurgency and defence against the Soviet Union, how did soldiers on the ground, and/or naval personnel on board ship, cope with the tensions and potentially traumatic nature of modern warfare? What were the attitudes of troops towards their experiences and how did those experiences affect morale and shape the ability of troops to operate as the campaign progressed?

The thesis will explore how the services and individuals manage and respond to modern warfare. It will examine coping strategies, and ask questions such as, how was individual fear expressed and controlled? How did troops develop the resilience and stoicism to cope with fear, hardship and possible death? How did late twentieth century models of courage and manliness assist?

The project will also investigate whether pre-war doctrine, equipment and training were suitable to meet the rigours of the campaign.  Questions might include, how well were the services prepared by their training for the stress and trauma of modern conventional warfare?  Did group cohesion within the regimental system help to maintain morale and to provide the troops with the resilience to cope with their ordeals? How much support did personnel receive as they returned home?

In addition to work on IWM collections, looking at the private papers and listening to the sound recordings of men and women who served in the Falklands, the research would require visits to The National Archives to study the official records and to various other repositories in the UK, such as the National Army Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the RAF Museum, and the Welcome Collection.

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The national minimum doctoral stipend for 2018/19 has been set by Research Councils UK as £ 14,777 plus £550 additional payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. For more information visit:
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/skills/phdstudents/fundingandtraining

Students are also eligible to draw additional funding from a Student Development Fund to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities that will benefit the student’s doctoral research and future career development.

In addition, the student is eligible to receive up to £1,000 a year from IWM and will be able to apply for internal funding from the University to support archival visits and the delivery of academic conference papers.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 29 April 2018.

Interviews are scheduled to be held in London on 17 May 2018.

 

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Duration This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2018.
Fees Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses.
Stipend The national minimum doctoral stipend for 2018/19 has been set by Research Councils UK as £ 14,777 plus £550 additional payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. For more information visit: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/skills/phdstudents/fundingandtraining
Closing date Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 29 April 2018.

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Research Topic Recreating thrombosis models using tissue-engineered arterial constructs: A novel method to reduce and replace mice used in platelet research
Reference number: ISTM2018-01
Abstract

PHD Studentship in Cardiovascular tissue engineering available from July 2018


We are looking to recruit a PhD student with a relevant biomedical science or bioengineering background to design and develop a microfluidic system incorporating a tissue-engineered arterial construct as an alternative to current animal experiments. This work will principally be conducted in the Institute for Science and Technology of Medicine (ISTM) in Keele University. The project will involve collaboration with leading research groups in both the University of Reading and Loughborough University.


Recreating thrombosis models using tissue-engineered arterial constructs: A novel method to reduce and replace mice used in platelet research


Upon damage to blood vessels, platelets coordinate the clotting of the blood at the site of injury. However, when platelets become activated inappropriately inside undamaged blood vessels, they can block blood supply to the heart and brain, triggering life-threatening heart attacks and strokes. As these acute cardiovascular events are amongst the leading causes of premature death in the UK, being able to visualise the process of normal and abnormal blood clotting could help develop new treatments. Previous studies have developed intravital imaging techniques to watch the clotting processes when blood vessels of anaesthetised mice are artificially damaged. This technique has provided valuable insight into the molecular events underlying blood clotting, and has been adopted by leading research groups across the world. This has led to large numbers of mice being used in basic platelet research. In this project we aim to create an alternative to the use of mice in these arterial thrombosis models that should help to reduce and replace the number of mice used in these experiments. Previously we have used tissue engineering principles to grow human arterial constructs that are able to replicate the normal physiological responses both when intact and damaged. These blood vessels could be used to recreate the conditions within the human body, and therefore provide an alternative to studying blood clotting in live mice. This PhD project will further develop these prototype arterial constructs, as well as a microfluidic flow chamber in which we can recreate the blood flow conditions found in the human body using only minimal blood volumes. We will then do a direct comparison of our model with the current intravital imaging experiments to attempt to see if this experimental system can be used as an alternative to conducting these experiments in live mice.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the principal investigator, Dr Alan Harper (a.g.s.harper@keele.ac.uk).


Eligibility:  Applicants should have (or realistically expect to gain) an upper second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical science or bioengineering degree.   Posts are open to UK nationals. EU nationals, who have spent at least 3 years prior to the application resident in the UK, are also eligible to apply. Non-UK residents can only be considered if there is a shortage of high-quality UK candidates, and this must be approved by the NC3Rs prior to appointment.


Studentship: Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2018/19 home/EU rates currently: £4,195) and a research studentship stipend starting at £15,000 per annum for 2017/18, and raising to £16,000 per annum for the final year of the project.


 


Please ensure that you reference the studentship number (ISTM2018 - 01) throughout your application. Please apply here; http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/


The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found. To receive full consideration, online applications should be received by Friday 4th May 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered where possible


 


Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing the 21st May 2018. For any queries relating to the application process, please contact Miss Zara Richards (istm.pgrenquiries@keele.ac.uk)

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Duration 3 years (full-time)
Fees Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2018/19 home/EU rates currently: £4,195). Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,253 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.
Stipend A research studentship stipend of currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18
Closing date Friday 4th May 2018

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Research Topic Analysis of biological neural dynamics using optically detected electron spin resonance of nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond and numerical modelling
Reference number: ISTM2018-02
Abstract

PhD in Optical imaging and computational methods for neuroscience available now.


We are looking to recruit a PhD student interested in multidisciplinary research spanning the fields of optical imaging and computational science with applications in neuroscience. This work will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Melissa Mather’s research group in the Institute for Science and Technology of Medicine (ISTM), Keele University and Professor Peter Andras’ group in the School of Computing and Mathematics, Keele University. This project will contribute to an ERC Consolidator grant held by Prof Mather.


Neural dynamics in biological systems are critically important for the correct function of living systems. To understand these dynamics, it is imperative that neural activity is recorded at high spatial and temporal resolution in physiologically relevant conditions to enable identification of the activity of individual neurons and their connectivity within a network. Research is underway to simultaneously image and record activities from many neurons in a neural circuit to uncover how these circuits and networks deliver their integral functionality as an emergent result of the interactions and activities of participating neurons. To date this work has been dominated by methods using voltage sensitive dyes combined with light microscopy.  However, there are shortcomings with such methods associated with the detection sensitivity, potential toxicity and bleaching of dyes.


This project will employ Nitrogen vacancy (NV) centres in diamond as atomic scale probes for non-invasive detection and mapping of small magnetic fields generated by neural activity under physiological conditions. The NV centre is a defect in diamond that in its negative charge state has an electronic structure that enables optical polarisation and read out of the electron spin state. The photoluminescence from this NV centre is strongly dependent on the magnitude, direction and fluctuation of local magnetic fields. Advantageously the luminescence from NV centres does not bleach and the diamond itself is biocompatible enabling long term studies of living systems.


The work to be carried out will involve both experimental and numerical analysis of the neural mechanisms underlying the generation of rhythmic motor patterns and their modulation in a well characterised model system, namely the stomatogastric nervous system of the Brown crab. This system is well suited for optical imaging as its 26 neurons are arranged in a flat crescent shape in the posterior part of the ganglion and as such can be readily imaged on a diamond substrate. Numerical methods for analysis of the optical neuro-imaging data will be established in addition to implementation of physiologically realistic models of neurons and their networks following the route of the Hodgkin Huxley models of neurons.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the principal investigator, Professor Melissa Mather (m.mather@keele.ac.uk).


Eligibility:  Applicants should have (or realistically expect to gain) an upper second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant physical science or computer science degree.   Posts are open to UK nationals. EU nationals, who have spent at least 3 years prior to the application resident in the UK, are also eligible to apply. 


Studentship: Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2017/18 home/EU rates currently: £4,195) and a research studentship stipend starting at £15,000 per annum for 2017/18, and raising to £16,000 per annum for the final year of the project.


Please ensure that you reference the studentship number (ISTM2018 - 02) throughout your application. Please apply here; http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/studentships/


 


The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found. To receive full consideration, online applications should be received by Friday 25th May 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered where possible


 


 For any queries relating to the application process, please contact Miss Zara Richards (istm.pgrenquiries@keele.ac.uk)

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years (full-time)
Fees Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2017/18 home/EU rates currently: £4,195). Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,253 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.
Stipend A research studentship stipend of currently £15000 per annum for 2017/18, and raising to £16,000 per annum for the final year of the project.
Closing date Friday 25th May 2018

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Research Topic Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time
Reference number: RPCH2018/01
Abstract

PHD Studentship in Biostatistics available from October 2018


We are looking to recruit a PhD student with a strong statistical background to develop methodology in biostatistics within a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment within the Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences at Keele University. 


Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time 


End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the last stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the form of peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis or renal transplantation, to stay alive. This PhD project will apply, and extend as required, multistate modelling and graphical Markov modelling to analyse longitudinal data collected from the UK Renal Registry. Multistate modelling will be used to describe how ESRD and its management in RRT patients evolve through different stages over the patient’s lifetime, including transitions between different treatment modalities, the occurrence of other health events, hospitalisation, recovery of kidney function, or death. Further, graphical Markov models will be developed to describe in a causal graph how patient factors and treatment modalities are interrelated and how they impact survival time. The statistical modelling will be guided by strong clinical knowledge and experience from experts in the field of nephrology based at the Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences (iACS) at Keele University, so that clinical insight from the analyses can be demonstrated and communicated meaningfully. 


Environment and training: iACS is co-located with the iPCHS which is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele (http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/), 91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent (Ref 2014).  The student will benefit from an excellent programme of research training within a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment including a strong biostatistics group.  There are regular seminars, journal clubs, short courses and workshops in biostatistics, research methodology, epidemiology, prognosis and clinical trials. The student will also be encouraged to attend conferences elsewhere and national PhD training programs (e.g. Academy for PhD Training in Statistics) as required.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the project statistical supervisor Dr Ivonne Solis-Trapala (i.solis-trapala@keele.ac.uk) or the clinical supervisor Dr Mark Lambie (lambiem@doctors.net.uk or m.lambie@keele.ac.uk).


Eligibility:  Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) in Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline, and a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics or related discipline is desirable. 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years (full-time) 6 years (part-time)
Fees Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2018/19 home/EU rates currently: £4,195). Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,253 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.
Stipend A research studentship stipend of currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18
Closing date Thursday 14th June 2018

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Research Topic The development of lake margins, their interactions with contemporaneous continental environments and the implications for their reservoir potential
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-26
Abstract

Please see attached advert.


Eligiblity Criteria: 2:1 or above in Geology, Geoscience or a related discipline.  

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Duration 4 years.
Fees Fees bursary (UK/EU fee level only) for four years. An overseas student would need to self fund the difference between UK/EU fee level and overseas
fee level. Overseas students will also require IELTS 6.0 with minimum of 5:5 in each subtest.
Stipend RCUK level stipend for four years. (Stipend for 2018/9 £14,777 per annum)
Yearly travel and subsistence grant for four years.
This project is funded under the inter-university Oil and Gas Consortium.
Closing date 15th May 2018

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Research Topic Principled agent-based simulation
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-22
Abstract

Please see advert for full details.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Closing date 31st May 2018

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Research Topic Data-driven design of biological systems – Computational synthetic biology
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-18
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Closing date Applications accepted all year round.

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Research Topic Design, Chemical Synthesis and Evaluation of Mimetic Nucleoside Analogues
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-14
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research.
For UK/EU 2017/18 tuition fees are £4195 per annum and overseas are £18,900 per annum.
Stipend No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Closing date Applications accepted all year round.

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Research Topic Interaction of prohibitins with m-AAA proteases at the inner mitochondrial membrane
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-25
Abstract

Please see attached advert. 


The position will be based at Keele University for year 1 of the 3 year period.  For years 2 and 3 the student will be based full-time at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France.


Eligibility Criteria:  Applicants must be UK or EU nationals to be eligibile for the studentship.


Msc in Biochemical/Biophysical/Chemical/natural sciences - minimum degree classification 2:1 or equivalent.  An interest in both laboratory and computational work (protein production and biophysical techniques) is essential - full training will be provided.

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU fees for 3 years funded by Keele University.
Stipend Stipend for year 1 at Research Council rates (2018/19 £14,777 per annum) will be provided by Keele. For years 2 and 3 the student will be salaried at the ILL (salary €28,800 - from which tax and social charges are paid). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.
Closing date 13th May 2018

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Research Topic A high-resolution reconstruction of Holocene climate and ice sheet change in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
Reference number: FNS GS 2018-01
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year
2018/2019.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council
rates (2018//9 stipend £14,777 per annum). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.

Closing date 14th May 2018

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Research Topic A choice of Astrophysics projects is available (see below) of which a minimum of one will be funded.
Reference number: FNS GS 2018-02
Abstract

Please see attached advert for full details.

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2018/2019.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates. (2018/9 £14,777 per annum)
Closing date 15th May 2018 in the first instance. Applications received by the deadline will receive first consideration, applications received after the deadline will be considered until the positions are filled

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